Known for its cooling properties, the cucumber is a star of the summer cocktail glass. Crisp and clean, it lends a freshness to myriad spirits, especially gin, tequila and vodka. Throw a little lime, mint or basil in the mix and you’ve got a recipe for summer refreshment. Here are a few of our favorite ways to work cucumber into the cocktail glass.
Cucumber Basil Coupe
It’s tough to go wrong with cucumber, gin and prosecco.
Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita
Hot peppers up the spice while cucumber cools things down in this summery Margarita.
Extra Fancy’s Frozen Gin & Tonic
What’s more refreshing on a summer day than a Gin & Tonic? A frozen Gin & Tonic, especially one made with cucumber.
Tequila and coconut lead the flavor in this drink, but cucumber sneaks in to the mix as a secondary ingredient.
Juliet & Romeo
With cucumber, rose water, mint and gin, this cocktail is the perfect summer sipper.
Falernum serves as the base of this cocktail, rounded out with a bit of fresh cucumber, lime and honey.
The Northside Collins matches gin and grapefruit liqueur with the cooling power of cucumber and mint.
In a Flash
Tequila and cucumber are a natural match, but this cocktail takes the pairing in a surprisingly delicious direction with the addition of lemon juice and cinnamon.
The West 8th
Analogue’s take on the Southside cocktail brings cucumber and vodka to the requisite mix of mint, lemon and syrup.
The Gordon’s Cup is a recipe from the late Sasha Petraske made with gin, lime and cucumber.
Misunderstood Beer Cocktail
Mezcal, tequila, lime, honey and ginger round out this fizzy refresher.
Gin, juice and a squeeze of minty, cucumber freshness flavor this lowball.